IELTS® Listening Practice 124

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(Section 2: You will hear a tour guide talking to a group of visitors at the Windsor Museum. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 16 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 16.)

Good morning, and welcome to the museum - one with an incredible variety of exhibits, all of which are sure to be of interest. You can call me John, and I'm here to explain each of the various collections we'll see. But before we start, let me just give you a quick idea of what you'll find here.

Well, first off, we have a fine collection of twentieth and twenty-first century paintings, many of which are from renowned artists. I believe you'll be able to identify several of the paintings. This particular gallery brings in the biggest crowds of visitors, so you're better off visiting it earlier in the day, before things get too busy here.

Next up are the nineteenth-century paintings. It was in the middle of that century that this museum first opened, so many artists of that time donated their work to help get the museum started. So, they're of special interest, as we feel closer to them than to some other pieces.

Our gallery of sculptures also hosts a number of remarkable exhibits, but unfortunately, it's currently closed for remodeling.

If you return next year, you'll be able to see it properly. For now, a number of the sculptures usually found there have been moved to other areas of the museum. One of our temporary exhibitions, 'Around the World', is popular enough that some of you may have already heard about it on the TV or in the paper. The way that it presents objects from every continent and many countries, and provides information about their social context has generated quite a bit of interest. Visitors can learn why the objects were made, who for, and more.

Next, there's the coin collection. This is what you might call a specialized or concentrated collection. That's because every coin here came from this country, all produced between two thousand and a thousand years ago. Ordinary people digging their gardens discovered many of them, and decided to donate them to the museum! The museum's founder, who died in 1878, left all of the porcelain and glass seen here in the museum today. The museum isn't permitted to add anything to that collection: as the founder stipulated in his will, he believed the collection was perfect as is, and we don't see any reason to dispute that!

(Before you hear the rest of the talk, you will have some time to look at questions 17 to 20 [20 seconds]. Now, listen and answer questions 17 to 20.)

OK, now that you've heard a little about the collections, here is a bit of other useful information, in case you need it. Most of the museum facilities are found in the basement downstairs. You can find the stairs going down here. When you finish going down the stairs, you'll enter into the lounge area, which is outfitted with couches and chairs to take a rest before continuing on your journey through the museum.

There's a wonderful cafe as well, which serves beverages and snacks throughout the day and offers a nice place for a relaxing break. To get to the cafe, first come down the stairs to the basement, then simply pass the bathrooms as you pass through the doors leaving the lounge area. The cafe door will be immediately on your right. 

If you're in the mood for a proper meal, or if you'd like to eat somewhere with facilities for children, we also have a family friendly restaurant. Similarly to the cafe, the restaurant's door is outside of the lounge in the basement. To find the restaurant, go down the stairs, exit the lounge area, and look for the door directly across from you, which is located next to the cafe.

Speaking of small children, there is also a room for changing babies' diapers downstairs. You and your baby will find the facilities two doors down from the restaurant. To get there, cross the sitting area, continue straight into the hallway, and make a left. Look for the third door across from you. The coat room, where you should leave coats, umbrellas and any large bags, can be accessed by the first door on the left when leaving the lounge area, directly across from the baby changing room. There are toilets on every floor, but in the basement they're the first rooms on the right-hand side when you get to the bottom of the stairs.

OK, now if you've got anything to leave in the coat room, please do that now, and we'll start our tour.

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